Senator Ron Boswell.
Senator Ron Boswell.

High tea tribute for Boswell

LNP members from Gympie and surrounds will gather at a high tea tomorrow to pay tribute to Senator Ron Boswell.

To be held in the grounds of Patricia Parkinson's Chatsworth home, the gathering will also welcome Senator Ian MacDonald and his wife Lesley along with Senate candidates James McGrath, Mat Canavan and Dr Therasa Craig.

Special guest at the afternoon tea will be former Senator Lady Florence Bjelke-Petersen.

Mrs Bjelke-Petersen, who is famous for her pumpkin scones and being the wife of former Queensland Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen, served as Senator for Queensland with Mr Boswell for 11 years.

Spokeswoman for the event Teresa Cobb said the afternoon tea was being held to honour Mr Boswell's contribution to the region.

"Mr Boswell has played a huge role in the Gympie region over the past 30 years in a number of industries," she said.

"These include dairy, at the time of deregulation, the macadamia industry through the maintenance of co-operatives, the fruit and vegetable industry with the appointment of a market ombudsman and, in more recent times, the fishing industry."

Mr Boswell is set to retire from public life.

He was first elected to the Senate as The Nationals representative for Queensland in 1983.

Since 1990, he has held the position of Leader of The Nationals in the Senate.

He was also the Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minster for Transport and Regional Services from 1999 to 2003.

Since then he has concentrated his energies on issues for Queensland families, small businesses and primary industries.

He remains a staunch supporter of Australia's constitutional monarchy and was a leading figure in the 'no' vote campaign for the referendum on whether Australia should become a republic on November 6, 1999.

One of his major achievements in the Gympie region was his involvement in the fight against Traveston Dam.

Mr Boswell has been an active campaigner for rural, small business, social conservative and family causes.

For further information contact Teresa Cobb on 07 5482 9997 or 0428843 075.

Gympie Times

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